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[Video] Summit's Groundhog Stand-in Says No More Winter/No mas invierno dijo hoy el substituto de Beacon Hill Bob

Reeves-Reed Arboretum's groundhog, a puppet named "Beacon Hill Bob," did not see his shadow.

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A stand-in groundhog today did the honors at the in Summit to declare that winter is over. Beacon Hill Bob II, a puppet, did not see his shadow and though the real groundhog is hibernating at this time, the children at the Arboretum got a lesson about the furry animal and why we celebrate Feb. 2 as groundhog day.

Jackie Kondel, Director of Children’s education, explained why a real groundhog was not available, “We don’t believe in keeping wild animals as pets. Part of our mission is conservation and we believe wild animals should be wild.”

So, instead they called on Beacon Hill Bob II to stand-in, as environmental instructor, Lisa Martin, recounted a Native American tale about a very clever groundhog that got away from a pack of wolves.

For Adeline, 5, who came with her little sister, Madeline, and mom Kristen, it was a bit disappointing not to see a real groundhog but she was able to reconcile this and became friends with the groundhog puppet later on, holding it and showing it to her litte sister.

Cynthia Wellton and her son Jake had a nice time. “We had a very nice time. I thought they did a good job keeping it educational for the children and fun.”

The arboretum had a naming contest for its groundhog and received over 35 entries. One of the entries was from a little girl suggesting “Summit Sweetheart” and another from an 80-year-old suggesting the name “Arbor Etum”.

The arboretum welcome patrons to their many programs scheduled throughout the year to find out more visit www.reeves-reedaborterum.org

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Un substituto de la verdadera marmota pronostico hoy que no habrá mas invierno en el Reeves-Reed Arboretum en Summit.

La Marmota llamada, “Beacon Hill Bob II”, un peluche, no vio su sombra, y aunque la verdadera marmota esta en hibernación, los niños pudieron jugar con esta y aprender sobre este animalito y el porque celebramos el 2 de Febrero dia de la marmota.

Jackie Kondel, Directora de Instrucción Infantil, explico la razón porque una marmota verdadera no fue posible usar, “No creemos en enjaular a animales silvestres. Parte de nuestra misión es conservación y creemos que los animales silvestres deben estar libres. ”

Entonces, en vez utilizaron a Beacon Hill Bob II para que substituyera a la verdadera marmota, mientras la educadora ambiental Lisa Martin, hizo el relato de una historieta indígena sobre como una apuesta marmota se sale de las garra de una pandilla de lobos.

Para Adeline, de 5 años, que vino con su hermanita pequeña Madeline y su madre Kristen, fue desalentador no ver una marmota real, pero mas tarde pudo reconciliar sus sentimientos y jugar con el peluche hasta mostrárselo a su hermanita.

Cynthia Wellton y su hijo Jake pasaron un rato feliz, “Lo pasamos muy bien.  Creo que hicieron un buen trabajo en hacer algo educacional y a la vez divertido para los niños.”

El Arboretum llevo a cabo una rifa para nombrar a la marmota de Summit y recibieron 35 sugerencias.  Una de una pequeña niña que sugirió el nombre de Summit Sweetheart, y el otro de una señora de ochenta años que sugirió Summit Eden.

El Arboretum invita a sus programas de todos el año, para conocer mas sobre estos visite www.reeves-reedaborterum.org.

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